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Körber, C.; Hammer, I.; Wynen, J.-L.; Heuer, J.; Müller, C.; Hanhart, C. – Physics Education, 2018
Numerical simulations are playing an increasingly important role in modern science. In this work it is suggested to use a numerical study of the famous perihelion motion of the planet Mercury (one of the prime observables supporting Einsteins general relativity) as a test case to teach numerical simulations to high school students. The paper…
Descriptors: Motion, Physics, Science Instruction, Simulation
De Paor, Declan; Coba, Filis; Burgin, Stephen – Journal of Geoscience Education, 2016
Google Earth is a powerful instructional resource for geoscience education. We have extended the virtual globe to include all terrestrial planets. Downloadable Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files (Google Earth's scripting language) associated with this paper include lessons about Mercury, Venus, the Moon, and Mars. We created "grand…
Descriptors: Internet, Geology, Science Education, Simulated Environment
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Riddle, Bob – Science Scope, 2005
As the winter Sun rises, four of the five visible planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, will be found over the eastern and southern horizons. The two inner planets, Mercury and Venus, will both rise about an hour ahead of the Sun and will be visible just above the southeastern horizon at sunrise for about the first half of January. Look …
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Education, Middle Schools, Science Activities
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Riddle, Bob – Science Scope, 2001
Presents information on the planet Mercury and points out how little is known about this planet which is much closer than Pluto. Features a list of visible planets and moon phases. (YDS)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Earth Science, Middle Schools, Science Education
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Nelson, George – Science and Children, 2005
It's important to keep two things in mind when thinking about the cause of the seasons: (1) Earth and all the other planets except Pluto and Mercury move around the Sun in almost perfect circles, getting neither closer nor farther away from the Sun during the year; and (2) Earth's rotation axis is tilted with respect to the plane of its orbit…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Education, Space Sciences
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Chapman, Clark R. – Science Scope, 2004
Forty years after Mariner 2, planetary exploration has still only just begun, and many more missions are on drawing boards, nearing the launch pad, or even en route across interplanetary space to their targets. One of the most challenging missions that will be conducted this decade is sending the MESSENGER spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury.…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Education, Space Sciences, Space Exploration
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Riddle, Bob – Science Scope, 2005
As students continue their monthly plotting of the planets along the ecliptic they should start to notice differences between inner and outer planet orbital motions, and their relative position or separation from the Sun. Both inner and outer planets have direct eastward motion, as well as retrograde motion. Inner planets Mercury and Venus,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Activities, Astronomy
Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena, CA. – 1974
This publication includes four pamphlets providing background material for understanding the NASA program of planetary flights. Each issue presents student involvement activities as well as suggested reading lists. Issue 1 describes the innermost planets of the solar system. Issue 2 gives information about the evolution of the planetary system as…
Descriptors: Aerospace Technology, Earth Science, Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Riddle, Bob – Science Scope, 2004
This school year begins with no planets visible in the evenings, and it will remain this way until November when Mercury returns to the evening skies. For a period of several days, starting on September 8, you can follow the waning crescent Moon in the early morning as it passes Saturn, Venus, the bright star Regulus, and Mercury. On the morning…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Science Education
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Price, Michael P.; Rush, William F. – American Journal of Physics, 1979
Presents a calculation of the precession of the perihelion of Mercury due to the perturbations from the outer planets. The time-average effect of each planet is calculated by replacing that planet with a ring of linear mass density equal to the mass of the planet divided by the circumference of its orbit. (Author/GA)
Descriptors: Astronomy, College Science, Higher Education, Instructional Materials
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Lamb, John F., Jr. – School Science and Mathematics, 1990
Described is an activity that incorporates a computer, geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus to answer questions about the planet Mars. A possible crescent of Mars is compared to those of Venus and Mercury. (KR)
Descriptors: Astronomy, College Mathematics, College Science, Computer Uses in Education
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Fraknoi, Andrew – Mercury, 1981
Presents NASA astronomy publications by subject: Earth; Moon; Mercury and Venus; Mars; Jupiter and Saturn; Planets (general); Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids; Sun; Astronomy from Various NASA Missions; Miscellaneous Astrophysics; Telescopes and Instrumentation; and Extra-Terrestrial Life. Includes listing of NASA Technical Conference Proceedings…
Descriptors: Aerospace Technology, Astronomy, College Science, Earth Science
Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Harvard Project Physics. – 1968
Nine experiments and 17 activities are presented in this handbook. The experiments are related to the earth's size and orbit, Piton height, telescope operations, Mars and Mercury orbits, stepwise approximation, and models of comet orbits. Further naked-eye observations in astronomy are designed in connection with the sun, moon, and planet…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Instructional Materials, Laboratory Experiments, Laboratory Manuals
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Field, George – Mercury, 1982
Based on the premise that discoveries raise more questions than they answer, explores various research questions related to the discovery of the planets and discoveries related to the theory of stellar evolution. (SK)
Descriptors: Astronomy, College Science, Higher Education, Nuclear Physics
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC. – 1991
The United States has explored the solar system with automated spacecraft and human-crewed expeditions that have produced a quantum leap in our knowledge and understanding of the solar system. Through the electronic sight and other "senses" of our automated spacecraft, color and complexion have been given to worlds that for centuries…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Satellites (Aerospace), Scientific and Technical Information, Solar System
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